Nature versus Nurture…it’s always intrigued me. I remember when I took a Psychology course in college. This was a heavily covered topic. (Did I mention I loved that class?)
Do we inherit or develop our traits and preferences? Well, the jury is still out on the “scientific answer” to that question. Although I can say from what I’ve seen, a whole heck of a lot can be chalked up to genetics!
I gave birth to 3 children. Boy after Boy after Boy… 3 of ‘em right in a row! I watched it happen with each one. From the time they could walk and talk, the TV remote turns into a gun. Bang-bang-bang! (This is especially alarming when we don’t condone playing with toy guns and didn’t even have any in the house!) Anything poop related, including farting noises is hilarious. They search high and low for spiders, ants, and other creepy crawly things. Dirt is their middle name…
Then, about 3 years ago when we started doing Foster Care, we were blessed with little girls. Nearly every single child that we cared for was a girl. (And we hadn’t requested girls, it just happened that way.) Boys and Girls are as different as night and day. It’s amazing!! From a very early age you can see it.
The Princess got 2 new shirts for her birthday. She was so excited, and immediately forgot all about the toys. (The TOYS!) She was only interested in her new shirts. She’s constantly walking around with a purse over her shoulder and a baby in one arm. I’ve never once seen her pretend play with a gun. She hates being dirty and sometimes insists that I clean her off mid-meal.
Boy #3 just had a birthday and when he tossed his new clothes aside and reached for the next package in hopes of finding a TOY, who do you think ran over and checked out his new clothes? ….Yep, the Princess did! (and she was M-A-D when she found out they weren’t hers!)
Realizing these things, I can’t help but wonder what the Princess has inherited from her birthparents. The good and the bad. I think she’s going have her birthmoms beautiful hair. Her eyes come from her birthdad -or so I’m told. Whose personality does she have? Etc. etc. etc. Obviously we’ll do anything and everything we can as her parents to ensure that she has the best life possible. But will it be enough?
Sometimes I wish I were a scientist so I could focus my research on Nature versus Nurture. I want to know more, I want to know the “Scientific Answer”.